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[cdt-l] Packing Pepper Spray

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any one that hikes with out it is an idtiot has we said wehn I worked
for the park service and forst serive it is cheap insurance. IF you need
it you have it. I have used it before and with out it would have been in

Ken Powers wrote:

>We carried Counter Assault bear spray from South Pass City to Waterton. We
>planned to buy bear spray in Dubois, but we were offered the spray by
>southbound hikers who were through with their spray. They told us you
>couldn't mail it and couldn't fly with it. Makes it difficult to get rid of
>unless you find hikers going the other direction :)
>The locals and rangers will tell you that you should carry bear spray and
>know how to use it. Also get the more potent type. I noticed that all the
>outdoors types in Wyoming and Montana carried bear spray (or a rifle - it
>was hunting season). We were also told by local Montana hunters that we
>should not continue our hike because of the grizzlies. They told us to get
>off the trail at the next road crossing because of the danger. Yeh, like I
>was going to abandon the hike 100 miles short of Waterton. The locals really
>do show a lot of respect for the grizzlies.
>I asked in several outfitter stores in Montana which bear spray I could
>legally carry into Canada. Interestingly I got different replies every time.
>Even contradictory replies as to brands. No one ever asked about our bear
>spray at the border - in either direction. Of course it was clipped to our
>hip belts so they could see it.
>----- Original Message -----
>From: "Doug and Sue" <doug-sue@t-one.net>
>To: <cdt-l@mailman.backcountry.net>
>Sent: Sunday, April 06, 2003 8:46 AM
>Subject: [cdt-l] Packing Pepper Spray
>>Do most CDT hikers pack pepper spray for the Yellowstone/MT section of the
>>trail?  If so, what brand?
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